Category: Peru

PetroPeru Oil Spill In The Amazon

On 25 January, 2016 a pipeline breach happened due to a landslide. Now a second breach has occurred, and is under investigation. PetroPeru, is responsible for the spill, and will be sanctioned by the Peruvian government, the company may be fined $17M.

The oil spill into the Amazon waterways is affecting over 8,000 people living in the area. Two-hundred and fifty locals are performing the cleanup at this time. Flora and fauna may return in one year after cleanup is complete, environmental experts say.

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The TPP: Trans Pacific Partnership

Peru is one of the twelve member nations to be involved with the TPP.  What’s your opinion on the TPP?  How will it affect member nations, and what effects will it have on the people?  Please like, share, and comment below.  Comments are moderated.   The following are PDF files of the TPP, with Peru specific chapters.

XXIV Matsuri AELU 2015 Festival

Yookoso, Bienvenido, Welcome.

This year I attended the 24th annual Matsuri AELU. Matsuri means “Local Festival” in Japanese, and nearly every shrine celebrates its own Matsuri. According to AELU (Asociacion Estadio La Union – Association Union Stadium) land for the club was purchased sometime after WWII, and a community effort ensued for several years to clear the land and build the club. The Japanese colony in Peru began arriving as early as 1800 for various reasons.

During the festival, many different musical talents took to the stage, Karate, Judo, Aikido exhibition, raffles from Air Canada and Delta Airlines for a Lima-Tokyo-Lima flight. Also, an anime orchestra concert, a procession that is an important element of Japanese festivals, in which the local Shrine’s kami (Shinto deity) is carried through the town in mikoshi (a divine palanquins, or portable Shinto shrine). It is the only time of the year when the kami leaves the shrine to be carried around town.

Following the procession, Sake for everyone was passed around. Then the artistic shows began with a traditional dance and eight other dance acts, a special Musical Okinawense and followed up with the grand finale of fireworks. Here are some of the pictures and video, from the event.

 

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TDS Bottled Water Test

WHAT IS THE BEST BOTTLED WATER IN PERU FOR YOUR $?

In Peru, the expensive bottled water shipped halfway around the world can be found in the big chain grocery stores. Water like Fiji, and Evian for around $5.00 a bottle.  In this test, I used the most common bottled water found in Peru, where 99% of the locals shop in the markets, mom and pop bodega’s, and roadside stands.

The results from the (TDS) Total Dissolved Solids test are as follows:

  • Agua del Grifo (Tap Water): 278
  • Cielo: 257
  • Vida:371
  • San Mateo: 352
  • San Luis: 041    

What is TDS?

Total Dissolved Solids can be heavy metals such as, lead, copper, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium.  It can also be salts in the form of potassium, calcium, sodium, and magnesium.  It is measured in PPM or Parts Per Million.